Taking tea in old Shenyang

I was lucky enough to witness a traditional Chinese tea making ceremony whilst in Shenyang and went away thinking if only everyday tea drinking could be as elegant and ceremonious. This was what happened. Young girls dressed in traditional clothing sat demurely behind a raised draining tray with an array of pots, cups and jugs. […]

Reasons to stay in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast

I happened on the Titanic Quarter almost by accident when surfing the Airbnb site for potential places to stay for a long weekend in Belfast. Arc Apartments popped up and the location was a godsend. Being a traveller of a certain age I didn’t particularly want an area where I might be disturbed by the late night […]

Nafpaktos Villa, Skaloma

Waking up and seeing the bright blue strip of the Gulf of Corinth was a fantastic start to a Greek day in Villa Nafpaktos. Located on a hill scattered with olive and lemon trees and high above the pretty village of Skaloma you could be forgiven for thinking in well used cliches….. a little piece of heaven […]

Staying at the Haven Hall Boutique Hotel in Shanklin

Perhaps my most favourite thing about Haven Hall Boutique Hotel was the window seat where I could see the English Channel and Sandown and Lake twinkling in the distance, a window seat dressed with many luxurious cushions and heavenly to sit on. Yes Haven Hall Boutique Hotel a little piece of heaven on England’s Isle of […]

Walking from Skaloma to Marathias

The only sound for much of the time was the gentle lapping of the Gulf of Corinth sea lapping at the grey pebbles as we walked from Skaloma to Marathias. Our walk was early morning as despite it being September the temperature in the Nafpaktos region of Greece is still high. It’s a gentle walk on a […]

Shanklin Old Village – a photoblog

It’s that time of the year again when the lovely Isle of Wight calls us over for a coastal walk, this time we are staying at the exceptional Haven Hall Hotel in Shanklin and before checking in we enjoyed lunch at Vernon Cottage. We had time to explore and photograph this quaint tourist spot. If the cars were […]